What is OCD?

  • OCD is a disorder of the brain and behavior.
  • Individuals with OCD experience automatic and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) which trigger high levels of anxiety.
  • The individual responds to these obsessions by engaging in repetitive acts (compulsions) in an attempt to decrease the anxiety and escape from the obsessions.
  • Obsessions and compulsions need to be time consuming and result in functional impairment in order to have a diagnosis OCD.
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